Deborah Solomon

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Towers Hall 223C

Associate Professor & Department Chair
Department of History & Political Science

Deborah Solomon, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of East Asian History and the Department of History and Political Science chair. Her scholarly work focuses on the Korean peninsula under Japanese colonial rule. She is the author of articles analyzing the intersections of colonialism, gender, identity and power. Her current book manuscript, “Schooling Discontent: Education, Identity and Student Protest in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945,” examines student resistance to Japanese rule on the Korean peninsula. Her new research explores the spread and impact of print technologies within the Japanese empire. Solomon’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, The Journal of Asian Studies and The Journal of Korean Studies.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1996

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Modern Japanese and Korean Social and Cultural History
  • Colonialism and Empire
  • Education, Gender and Student Identity
  • Political Protest and Social Activism
  • Print Technologies


  • Schooling Discontent: Student Protest in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, book manuscript (in progress)
  • “Emerging Korean Student Identity and the 1919 March First Movement,” solicited book chapter, Education and Language Policy in Korea, 1875-1950, edited volume (forthcoming)
  • The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea, solicited book review, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Autumn 2016, Volume 47, Number 2.
  • “Intersections of Gender and Nationalism in the 1929-1930 Kwangju Student Movement,” book chapter in edited volume, in Andrew Hall and Tingshi Jin, eds., Education History in Manchuria and Korea: An International Approach. Fukuoka, Japan: Hana Shoin, March 2016.
  • “‘The Empire is the Enemy of the East’: Student Activism in 1940s Colonial Korea,” research article, The Journal of Korean Studies, Spring 2015, Volume 20, Number 1.
  • Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945, solicited book review, The Journal of Asian Studies, August 2014, Volume 73, Issue 3.
  • “The Role of Japanese Colonial Policy in the Kwangju Student Movement,” chapter based on expanded workshop paper, Rereading the Colonial Period, Korean Studies Center, Yonsei University Press: Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2007 (in Korean).

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member, Korea Institute Advisory Committee, the Ohio State University, 2012-Present.
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2014-Present.
  • Faculty Affiliate, Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan, 2009-Present.
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Summer 2018.
  • Junior Fellow, US-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus, Mansfield Foundation/Korea Institute, 2013-2015.
  • Joint Post-Doctoral Fellow, Korea Institute/Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, Harvard University, 2009-2010.
  • Fulbright Research Grant, Institute of International Education, U.S. Department of State. 2005-2006.
  • Korean Language Grant, Blakemore Foundation. 2004-2005.
  • Japanese Language Grant, Blakemore Foundation. 2001-2002.
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education. 2000-2004.